December Book Haul

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Book hauls are some of my most popular posts. But I’ll be honest: sometimes, I hate writing them. They just take forever, and I don’t feel like I’m sharing anything particularly valuable. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading (and watching) book hauls, but putting them together is not that enjoyable. Since I’ve been working on this post for over a week, dreading each time I return to type another few sentences, I’ve decided to switch it up.

I buy a lot of books, and so I’ve decided that I’m going to start sharing only the notable ones I acquire each month. The books I’m most excited about, or I think are important to talk about. I don’t want to spend a lot of unnecessary time on this when I could spend it writing an interesting discussion post, or reading more books to review. Let me know what you think about this new format in the comments.

Here are some of the books I acquired in December:

Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller. This was my book of the month pick for December. It’s about man and his daughter who begin finding notes from his wife after her death. I’ve read a bit of it, and was really enjoying it until my life was taken over by grad school. I’m looking forward to picking it back up.

You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott. Thanks to those using my Book of the Month Club referral link, I’ve gotten a few credits for books so I decided to use a credit to add this book. Like everyone else, I was kind of obsessed with the Olympics this past summer, and couldn’t stop watching the US gymnastics team. So I couldn’t resist this book about young gymnasts, especially because it seems a little dark.

Metamorphosis and Other Stories by Franz Kafka. I actually read Metamorphosis a few years ago and really enjoyed it. I’ve been wanting to reread it and explore some more of Kafka’s writing.

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. I’ve heard amazing things about this book, which is a memoir by a woman who built three laboratories in which she studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. I’ve been really into memoirs recently, and I think this is a book I’ll really enjoy.

Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour. As I examine my diverse reading habits, I’ve realized that, while I read a decent amount of LGBT literature, I can actually only think of one book I’ve read with a lesbian main character. I’ve heard wonderful things about this one, and I’m looking forward to picking it up soon.

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by John Krakauer. This book has been on my to-read list for months, and I am so excited to finally get around to it. I think it’s a really important book, and I think it’s valuable to address this subject in something more than a news article.

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. Almost twenty years ago, I inherited a copy of The Second Jungle Book from my great-grandparents. I haven’t read it yet, because that collection didn’t include the original volume. I’ve had my eye on a beautiful hardcover edition for a while, and when I saw it on Book Outlet, I decided it was time.

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly. This is the only book I received for Christmas this year, and I love it! I’ve actually started listening to the audiobook version, and I’m really enjoying it. I haven’t had time yet, but I am planning on seeing the movie soon, too.

The Sellout by Paul Beatty. Just before the holidays, I ended up at Barnes & Noble to kill some time. I picked this up and read the first page, and it ended up coming home with me. It’s also this year’s Man Booker Prize winner, which I usually enjoy. I have read a bit of it, and I’m excited to read the rest.

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7 thoughts on “December Book Haul

  1. I read the Sellout over December (I have a tradition of getting the Manbooker each year for Christmas). It’s a bit of an odd one – on one hand it is incredibly clever and at times very funny, but it never really grabbed me the way Catch-22 (to which it is very similar) did. I’ll be very interested to see what you make of it!

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